Headington Hill HallReception Brochure 2011Email: email@example.comTel: 01865 484614 / 484615
Room HireCongratulations on your forthcoming wedding, we are delighted that you areconsidering Headington Hill Hall.We offer the Hall for exclusive use; the reception rooms and grounds will be solelyfor you and your guests to enjoy. Whether you decide to use the Hall for yourceremony or for your wedding reception, we will ensure a memorable day.We have dedicated hospitality chefs who will prepare a delicious meal for yourWedding Breakfast, please see menu options and prices enclosed within thisbrochure.The 2011 hire charge for Headington Hill Hall is £1800 (including VAT ), thisexclusive use charge includes:• Use of the reception rooms of Headington Hill Hall, 11am – 11.30 pm• Use of the beautiful grounds with views of the dreaming spires• Dedicated point of contact throughout your planning and on the daycoordination• Extensive free parking• Silver cake stand and knife• Use of an easel for your seating planPlease contact us to arrange an appointment to view Headington Hill Hall and todiscuss your wedding in further detail.
The History of Headington Hill HallHeadington Hill Hall is a 19th century period house set in 14 acres of landscapedgrounds with picturesque views over Oxford City. The house, famous for itsformer tenant Robert Maxwell, was originally grazing land that was purchasedby James Morrell Senior from the Savage family in 1817. It would be JamesMorrell Junior who would enlist the architect John Thomas and builder JosephCastle to transform the hill top house his father built into the stunning 51 roomedmansion which exists today.James Morrell Junior enjoyed the house and its tranquil grounds for five yearsbefore his death in 1863, leaving the house to his wife Alicia and daughter Emily.Sadly Alicia passed away a year after James Junior, leaving Emily an orphan atthe age of 10. The Morrell trustees took control of the house and the property wasleased for 10 years to Richard Corbet. Emily returned to the house in 1874 withher new husband and third cousin, George Morrell. Emily lived in the house foranother 64 years until 1938 when the building was requisitioned by thegovernment as a military hospital.The house remained a Red Cross Rehabilitation Centre until 1953 when it wassold to Oxford City Council. By the time Robert Maxwell moved into the Hall in1959, it had become dilapidated. Some of his contributions to the fabric of thebuilding are visible today, such as the large stained-glass window on the stairs –commissioned to replace a Victorian window damaged in the war – and hisbathroom.In 1992 Oxford Brookes University agreed a lease for the property with theCouncil and Headington Hill Hall soon established itself as one of Oxford’spremiere wedding venues.
Garden & GroundsOne of Headington Hill Hall’s key features are the expansive, landscaped groundsin which it is set. Originally the Hall had acres of grazing land surrounding it,these received a makeover under the direction of William Baxter, curator ofOxford University’s Botanic Garden. The land immediately surrounding the Hallwas on a steep slope, so a series of formal terraces were created, providing spacefor a level flower garden. The wider parkland was laid out with a network ofdrives and paths, and trees and shrubs were planted. As the Hall passed throughdifferent owners the grounds have been reduced to two large lawns to the frontand side of the main buildingDuring the summer months the lawns can play host to drinks receptions, and thegrand staircases leading from the lawns to the entrances of the Hall provide anexcellent location for photographs.
Entrance HallAn integral part of Headington Hill Hall is its Entrance Hall. Originally, thespace was dominated by a Victorian stained glass window, depicting Samson atthe gates of Gaza, but during the war it was damaged. Robert Maxwell laterreplaced the damaged window with a distorted version of the original, in whichMaxwell himself took the role of Samson. However the new version carries animportant message; the pendant around Samson’s neck supposedly represents thehead of Penelope, indicating that ‘behind every man there is a strong femalepresence’.The Entrance Hall can be used for a number of different functions includingserving drinks, dancing and photographs; the grand staircase is particularly usefulfor the latter.
The Green RoomThe light, open nature of the Green Room, coupled with the picturesque viewsover the Oxford skyline, provides a stunning environment for your WeddingBreakfast and can seat up to 36 guests. When used in conjunction with theadjacent Music Room, the number that can be accommodated is 76. Looking outfrom the Music and Green rooms, one can enjoy the grounds of Headington HillHall, as well as the truly breathtaking view over Oxford.The Green Room is licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships and is anelegant setting for your nuptials. The Green Room seats up to 60 people for aceremony.
The Music RoomThe Music Room can be used for a number of purposes and is an ideal setting for aWedding Breakfast for up to 40 guests, including a top table for the Weddingparty.Similar to the Green Room in its appeal, there are additional views of HeadingtonHill Hall’s enchanting gardens. The room comes into its own during receptions,where the grandeur of its features provides a complementary setting for even themost eloquent of speeches.The Music Room also provides a stunning setting for your Civil Ceremony orPartnership and like the Green Room can seat up to 60 guests.
The Dining RoomThe Dining Room is ideal for an evening buffet, should you choose to have one,during your Wedding Reception.
Wedding Breakfast – Autumn / Winter£63.20* per guestStarterTerrine of Three SalmonsA Smoked Salmon Lined Terrine filled with home made Gravadlax andfresh Salmon poached in Dry Vermouth and Herbs.Served with a sweet mustard dressingMediterranean Vegetable and Goats Cheese TartOlive oil roasted Mediterranean vegetables with grilled Goats Cheese.Served with a fresh Herb Oil and an aged Balsamic SyrupDuck Liver ParfaitA rich homemade duck liver parfaitServed with fresh Fig Chutney and Melba ToastSmoked Haddock with Welsh RarebitOn a Plum Tomato and Chive SaladServed with a Sherry Vinaigrette(Vegetarian option replaces Haddock with Crostini)Cashel Blue and Roast Fig Salad with Parma HamWhole roast fig wrapped in Parma Ham served with Rocket(Vegetarian option available without Parma Ham)***MainMedallion of Beef with a Mushroom GratinServed with Boulangere Potatoes and Bordelaise SauceThyme and Garlic Roasted Rump of LambCarved on a Cassoulet of Confit Lamb, Puy Lentils and Root VegetablesSlow Braised Belly of Pork with Caramelised Bramley ApplesServed with Black Pudding, Bubble and Squeak, Savoy cabbage and a reduced apple sauceSupreme of Chicken filled with Mozzarella & BasilWrapped in Parma Ham and served on Creamy Mashed Potato with a Red Pepper SauceHoney Roast Breast of Duck with Caramelised ApplesServed with Dauphinoise Potatoes and a Red Wine SauceSalmon en CrouteSalmon Fillets with a Soft Mushroom Mousse wrapped in a Puff Pastry CageServed with a Mushroom and White Wine Sauce
Butternut Squash and Risotto CakesServed with Vine Roasted Tomatoes and a Sweet Red Pepper SauceWild Mushroom GratinField Mushrooms filled with a Wild Mushroom Gratin and served with a Salsa VerdeMediterranean Vegetable Stacks with Grilled Goats CheeseServed with a Tapenade Sauce…all main courses are served with a seasonal medley of vegetables***DessertHot Rich Chocolate and Orange PuddingServed with custard sauceRoasted Peaches with a Hazelnut Crunch and Spiced SyrupServed with clotted creamIndividual CrumblesA choice of Banana & Toffee, Bramley & Caramelised Apple, Plain Old Fashioned Plum or Rhubarb & GingerSticky Toffee PuddingServed with Butterscotch Sauce and Double CreamApricot FrangipaneServed with an Advocat Sauce AnglaiseFresh Fruit SaladServed in a Tuille Basket with a Fruit CoulisA selection of British and Continental CheesesServed with Celery, Grapes and Roast Almonds…. all of our desserts are homemade~~~~Fairtrade Coffee and Tea with Mints…. Optional additional Cheese course £7.20* per guestYour Wedding Breakfast will consist of your choice of one starter, one main course and one dessert from this menu.Please speak to your Wedding Co-ordinator if you or your guests have any special dietary requirements.*Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Evening Finger Buffet Menu£16.10* per guestA choice of five from the following options –Assorted SandwichesTortilla Chips with Salsa DipCocktail Cumberland Sausages with Ketchup DipVegetable Crudités with Guacamole & Hummus DipCrispy Prawn RollSticky Baby Back RibsMini Pie Selection (Chicken & Mushroom or Steak & Ale)Mini Goat’s Cheese, Red Onion & Tomato QuicheCajun Chicken WingsSavoury Tomato & Parmesan Scone with TapenadeSelection of Sweet Tarts with Fruit, Chocolate or Lemon MousseFresh Fruit PlatterSomething Different!Bacon Sandwich with Sauce£4.704.70*Sausage and Fried Onion Bap£4.704.70*Cheese Board – Three Cheeses with Biscuits & Homemade Chutney£6.30*CanapésA selection of homemade, individually crafted, canapés can be created by our Hospitality Chefto compliment your day.£7.207.20* for three canapés per person*Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Drinks PackagesOne glass of Pimms, Bucks Fizz or fruit punch (post ceremony); 2 glasses of red or white housewine (to be served during the wedding breakfast); 1 glass of sparkling wine (to accompany yourspeeches or toasts).£14.4514.45* per head…. upgrade the sparkling wine to champagne£18.25* per headDare to be Different ………‘Cocktail of the Day’For something different and refreshing why not try one of the House Cocktails. Your selectioncan be served at anytime during your event.Sea BreezeVodka, Cranberry Juice, Grapefruit Juice and IceCosmopolitanVodka, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice and Ice£4.68* per glassCorkage and ServiceShould the occasion arise where the client wishes to bring in their own beverages the followingcharges will be made -Champagne or Sparkling Wine - £14.50per bottleRed, White or Rose Wine - £10.50per bottle*Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
White Wine*Branch Creek Chardonnay/Semillon – Australia (Sale/Return) £13.80Chardonnay and Semillon give fresh flavours of white peach and tropicalfruits with balancing acidity and length; delicate and easy to drinkViñedos de la Posada Fairtrade Torrontés – Argentina £18.82The floral, fresh Torrontés grape gives a light wine with a distinctiveflavour and is an ideal accompaniment to chicken and fish dishesSaam Mountain Paarl Chenin Blanc – South Africa £18.35A semi-dry white wine with rich tropical aromas of pear, guava and ripe yellow stone fruitsthat goes well with chicken, seafood and fishArgento Pinot Grigio – Argentina £17.36A light and clean wine of delicate floral aromas with ripe peach flavours and a crisp refreshingfinish. Well suited to chicken and fish dishesRed Wine*BREAKFAST SUGGESTIONBranch Creek Shiraz – Australia (Sale/Return) £13.80A soft juicy Shiraz with plenty of ripe, brambly fruit and a smooth yetpowerful finish. A rich and full bodied red which is wonderful with beef, lamband spicy foodViñedos de la Posada Fairtrade Malbec – Argentina £19.48A soft and fruity red wine that is great with or without food. This wine is froma grape variety that is putting Argentinean wines on the international map.Cotes du Rhône - France £15.28A full bodied red wine ideal for all red meat and game dishesVilla dei Fiori Montepulciano d’Abruzzo - Italy £Ripe, rounded, slightly rustic Italian red combining spicy black olives withmorello cherry notes and a refreshing acidity*Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Champagne/Sparkling Wine*Cuvee Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut Charles de Fere NV – France £18.42The aromas of this pale golden wine are fruity and floral with mineral notesand hints of toast. The palate is fresh, elegant and refined.Jeio Prosecco Brut Valdobbiadene – Italy £22.97A brilliant straw yellow fine sparkling wine with aromas of wildflowers and almonds;these are balanced on the palate with lingering, creamy soft fruit flavours.Veuve Delaroy Brut NV – France £47.92A well balanced, fresh and fruity champagne, pale straw in colour with fresh citrusAromas; the palate is elegant with strawberry cream.*Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Additional InformationHeadington Hill Hall is licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships and canaccommodate the following numbers;Ceremony: 60 guestsSit Down Meal: 76Evening Reception: 130 guests (including the day guests)Grounds are suitable for marquees for larger receptions, please ask for more details.You will have exclusive access to the Hall and grounds throughout the day of your wedding. Ifyou would like to hold your evening reception at Headington Hill Hall we can set up a bar foryou at no extra cost.Please contact us if you require further information, we would be delighted to answer anyquestions you may have.Emma Canham – 01865 484614Victoria Watson – 01865 firstname.lastname@example.org